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Don’t ruin a good day, by thinking about a bad day.
Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC

Avedon Warhol at Gagosian Gallery – review

Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC
Avedon Warhol exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, WC

Last month, I visited the much talked about Avedon Warhol exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery. I was pretty excited, as it’s billed as the first major exhibition to present Richard Avedon’s photography alongside Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Sadly, I left the exhibition underwhelmed.  There seemed to be more security guards than patrons, an imbalance which made the visit slightly uncomfortable. The receptionist on duty however really set the tone – she seemed more concerned with her computer work than with helping the visitors navigate their way around the exhibition.  When visitors  asked for assistance, I observed that the response appeared very cold and unwelcoming, almost as if they were bothering the receptionist.

The pictures and artwork are not labelled, so be sure if you go, to collect a free guide, which hopefully should be in the reception. You may have to hunt them down, but the exhibition will be easier to follow with the guide.  It is also a useful document for art students to add to their portfolios.  It would have been nice if there was someone handing out the guides as visitors arrived, as opposed to being greeted by stern and scary looking security guards, again adding to the cold welcome and sub-zero atmosphere.

The actual art work displayed was interesting, but more could have been made of the presentation. Unlabelled pieces, seemingly randomly hung, there wasn’t an obvious link between the 2 artists and their work. Outstanding pieces, displayed without context or relevance.

The overwhelming feeling I had when I left the gallery, was that of coldness. Cold reception, cold receptionist, cold welcome, cold environment and cold presentation. I would recommend this exhibition for anyone studying or working in the general arts field. But don’t expect to have an enjoyable time.

Rating 1.5 out of 5

The exhibition ends 23rd April 2016

Fashion Show, Atlas Gallery – review


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William Klein – Men + Mina + Simone, PIazza di Spagna, Rome 1960

Picture Source: http://www.atlasgallery.com/atlas.php

If you  have a spare 1/2 hour this week, and haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit the Fashion Show – 60 years of Fashion Photography exhibition at the Atlas Gallery, get your skates on, as it is due to end on the 24th of this month.

And it would be a shame to miss it, because it’s a delightful exhibition of fashion photography, featuring the work of high profile photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst and Lillian Bassman.

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Atlas Gallery Photo source https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/2229315001/Gallery_Front__1_.jpg

Atlas Gallery is located in smart Marylebone, not too far from Baker Street Station, with an atmosphere that’s welcoming, relaxed, surprisingly spacious and ideal for anyone interested in fashion, photography, history or simply like spending time looking at beautiful pictures by famous photographers in close proximity.

I also have to mention how kind, helpful and polite the receptionist was when we visited, sadly a rarity in many other similar establishments.

With space on the lower level of the gallery to sit down with friends to chat, and the opportunity to use the impressive collection of reference books provided on the upper floor, this is a must for any arts student, or those with a passing interest in this art form.

I had a wonderful time at the Atlas Gallery, and highly recommend going to visit this unique exhibition, before it ends on Thursday.

Rating 8 out of 10


Recipe for Bajan Beer Brea

Bajan Beer Bread – Recipe


Recipe for Bajan Beer Brea
Bajan Beer Bread – recipe

In between sewing projects, I have been baking up a storm. On Thursday I made mini coconut loaves (recipe posted on tomorrow), and yesterday I made these mini Bajan beer bread loaves.

I am creating a series of recipes using coconut oil as one of the ingredients. I also happened to have a bottle of Barbadian Beer in the cupboard, as you do. 4 ingredients, all with a link to Barbados, hence the name Bajan Beer Bread.  That and I like the alliteration.

Quick to make, and only 4 ingredients, you can whip these up and serve them in time for lunch.

Bajan Beer Bread – recipe


  • 375g self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 330ml bottle of Banks beer (or your favourite brew if you cant get hold of Banks)
  • coconut oil for greasing the pans and glazing


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and line 8 mini loaf tins, then set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sieve in the flour and sugar.
  4. Pour over the beer flour mix and stir quickly and thoroughly.
  5. Spoon the batter into each tin.  2 full dessert spoons per tin should suffice.
  6. Dab a little coconut oil on top of each of the loaves to self glaze. You can brush the top of the loaves with melted coconut, for a more even glaze if you prefer.
  7. Put the mini loaf tins onto a baking sheet and place on the top shelf of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 45-55 mins, until the top of the loaves are golden brown. The bottom of each loaf should make a hollow sound then tapped.

You can enjoy these mini loaves with cheese, as part of a ploughman’s lunch or on their own with a little coconut oil.

I shall be making another version of this bread soon, so stay tuned.

What do you think about this recipe? If you try it, please let me know how it went, I would love to hear from you.

Don’t forget to look in tomorrow for the mini Coconut loaf recipe and please like, subscribe and comment in the box below.

Thanks for reading.

I’m on Instagram



Just a short announcement – I’m finally on Instagram!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions included reorganising my social media, and as part of that goal, I wanted to get on the Instagram bus.

After following loads of advice from my friends, I took the plunge and I’m now fully engaged.

I would be very grateful if you would join me at @champagne_twist, and share your photos, comments and suggestions. Please use #champerstea so I can find you.

Thanks for reading.

Saatchi Gallery - Revelations: New Work by Aidan

International Women’s Day

Hello all,

Looking for something to do to celebrate International Women’s Day? Like the idea of spending a cultural day in London?  I can recommend a fun filled afternoon at the Saatchi Gallery, where there are currently no less than 3 exhibitions. Last chance to see, as they all end tomorrow.

Champagne Life

Well an exhibition called Champagne Life could not be missed by this website! And it didn’t disappoint. An inspirational and thought provoking collection of art pieces which challenges the notion of ‘what is art’, and it’s role in our society. Featuring an all-female artist collective, this collection has something for everyone, and of the 3 exhibitions, this is my favourite.

Revelations: New Work by Aidan

With sculptures that wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars film set, this is a must see exhibition filled with drama and atmosphere. The artist showcases multi media art pieces which portrays the veiled female figure and celebrates female hegemony and self-sufficiency.

Saatchi Gallery - Revelations: New Work by Aidan
Aidan – Black robbed figure white fabric panel Picture Source: http://www.saatchtigallery.com/current/revelations.php

XX: A Moment in Time

Described as an exhibition of new works by contemporary female street and graffiti artists. The showcase includes the work of prominent artist such as Mademoiselle Maurice, Elle and Aiko. Over the next few weeks my ‘Artist to Follow’ series will highlight some of the achievements of the artists featured in this and other exhibitions held in London.

So for the cost of a travel card, you can enjoy 3 free art exhibitions, in one venue, at fashionable Chelsea. As a deal, that is pretty hard to beat.

But what do you think? Have you had a chance to visit any of the exhibitions mentioned above. What are you planing to do to celebrate International Women’s Day?  Please comment below with your thoughts and recommendations.

Thanks for reading.

The Bloggers’ Market #3: Review


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The Bloggers’ Market

Living and working in London has it’s benefits, one of them being the Bloggers’ Market.  Yesterday was the first time I had attended the event, held at the Apartment in the Hoxton Holborn Hotel, and I’m pleased to say it exceeded all my expectations.

Beautifully laid out with dedicated sections for clothing sales, tea time treats, (which were free if you were happy to tweet!), and a studio to practice flatlays of purchases with props provided by Oliver Bonas and flowers by Blooman.

3rd bloggers' market, holborn, london

The Bloggers’ Market #3

The cakes and biscuits were provided by Afternoon Crumbs and I have to say, they were delicious. Well made, well presented, well yummy! I managed to take a few snaps, before they were woofed down.

cakes by afternoon crumbs, bloggers' market, holborn
Afternoon Crumbs cupcake

There was a wide selection of preloved apparel and other items for sale ranging from high street to high end, all at ridiculous bargain prices.  I purchased a Jimmy Choo coffee table book for £5 from Kristabel of ‘I want you to know’.

Sadly I missed the Instagram workshop, run my Carrie of ‘Wish Wish Wish’, and had to leave before I had the chance to have my portrait drawn by Maëlle of Cirque de Papier.

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A lovely, friendly and fun atmosphere, I only wish I could have stayed longer.  I’m hoping that there is another like event soon.  While the market has been organised by bloggers, there was definitely something for everyone. I can not praise this The Bloggers’ Market highly enough and I hope that if any of the organising team are reading this, they take the subtle hint and run the Bloggers’ Market again very soon.

Subtle? OK, more of a massive hint.

Did you attend the Bloggers’ Market event? What did you think of it? Please comment below.

Thanks for reading!

My Great Big Sewing Resolution 2016: The Schedule

Sewing Resolution 2016

The 31st January deadline has final arrived, and I’m making a few more cheeky last minute purchases, before the self inflicted shopping ban is in full force. As a reminder, I have vowed not to buy any more fabric or sewing related materials until I have used up at least 20% of my current stash.  In order to justify this spending spree, here are my sewing plans for 2016.

Sewing Plans
Sewing Plans 2016 – sketches. Champagne with a twist champagnetwist.wordpress.com

2016 Sewing List:

  1. Cami Dress – yellow
  2. Vintage Shirt Dress – floral print
  3. Spring Woodland Dress
  4. Bicycle Dress
  5. ‘Portrait’ Skirt
  6. 1940s Tea Dress – red floral print
  7. Chanel Inspired Jacket
  8. Casual Smart Jacket
  9. Study Hall Skirt
  10. Sewing Apron
  11. D&G Inspired Daisy Dress (re-fashion project)
  12. Sun Dress – CK blue print (completion project)
  13. ‘Fashionista’ Circle Skirt (completion project)
  14. ‘Speakeasy’ Needlecord Skirt (re-fashion project)
  15. ‘Knobby Knee’ Skirt
  16. Various soft furnishing projects

Items made so far this year:

  1. Silk Cami – green satin
  2. Bailen Camisole top
  3. ‘Pineapple’ Self Drafted Skirt with Slanted Pockets
  4. Liberty Lobelia Top

Items in progress:

  1. Kimono

Quite a list don’t you think!

As I progress, I shall be posting more sketches, mood boards and general background information about items I am making, as well as sewing related tips I discover along the way.

Tomorrow, I shall post my DIY plans for 2016, including my perhaps over ambitious ideas for the study.

Have you started your New Years Resolutions? Have you kept any of them? Feel free to share your plans below in the comments box.

See you tomorrow!